BetAnySports’ NFL Week 1 Pick of the Week — Indianapolis Colts at Buffalo Bills –Sunday, Sept. 13
Current BAS’ Line: Colts are favored by 2 1/2 and the total is sitting at 45
Sunday’s action in Week 1 of the 2015 NFL regular season gets underway with an AFC clash between the Indianapolis Colts and the Buffalo Bills in a 1 p.m. (ET) start. BetAnySports opened the line with the Colts as 2.5-point road favorites heading into Ralph Wilson Stadium and the NFL betting odds for the total have been set at 46. The current spread has held at 2 1/2, but the total has dropped to 45 after a week of heavy action from our sports bettors.
Many NFL experts believe it is the Colts’ turn to take the next step all the way to a Super Bowl title, and given their progression over the past three seasons it is easy to see the logic in that call. Indianapolis has now won 11 regular season games in each of the past three years and it made it all the way to the AFC title game in 2014. The Colts went 10-5-1 against the spread last year and the total stayed UNDER in their last seven games including the playoffs.
The big reason for such consistent success has been the play of fourth-year quarterback Andrew Luck. As the first overall pick in the 2012 draft, he has been able to live up to all the hype. Last season he threw for 4,761 yards, which was ranked third in the league and his 40 touchdown passes were the most in the NFL. The Colts’ offense as a whole was ranked first in the league in average passing yards per game (306).
The Bills had not posted a winning season since going 9-7 in 2004, but last year they matched that mark both SU and ATS. That still was not good enough to avoid a coaching change so Buffalo went out and got Rex Ryan to lead the way. While there is plenty of hype surrounding this move, it remains to be seen if Ryan can back it up after working his way out of New York as the Jets’ head coach. Buffalo was also a solid bet on the total line at the end of 2014 with seven of their last eight games staying UNDER BetAnySports closing betting lines.
The quarterback position in Buffalo is anything but secure with Tyrod Taylor making his first NFL start in a regular season game. He is coming off a very productive preseason in which he threw for 236 yards while adding another 108 on the ground. The Bills were ranked 18th in the NFL in passing yards last year.
There is little doubt that Indianapolis will be one of the top teams in the AFC this season and I have plenty of doubt about the Bills’ chances to stay above .500 for the second year in a row. This sets up a great opportunity to cash-in on the Colts on opening day.
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